Defining Faith

I woke up from a dream and realized that it could all be real.

Faith, slightly paraphrased, is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we cannot see. It was this statementย that helped my define a question that I have been asking myself for years. What really is my definition of faith?

Coming to the root of it all is actually one of the hardest things to do. A lot of the time you are going to answer questions that are not even close to the biggest one you can. What this whole thing has made me realize is that sometimes you have to ask the biggest question of them all before you even bother with figuring out the secondary and tertiary levels of it all.

What do I believe in?

For a man that fancies himself of character, I have struggled with the core of it all. But don’t we all? Don’t we all struggle like crazy to answer some of the biggest questions life has to offer us. Because when you actually do sit down and think about why you do what you do and what you possibly believe in…the process can be one major pain in the butt. Thinking about these things is not easy and pulls a lot of energy out of you. In fact, it can pull so much out of you that you may not even want to approach these questions in the first place.

I’ve always been afraid of being put into a box. What do I mean? I mean that as soon as I would define something in my life I would be categorized, labeled, and put on a nicely organized shelf somewhere. But the thing is, you really do have to understand what your thoughts are on some subjects in order to truly innovate and accomplish what you set out to do. If you don’t understand where you are, or why you want to go where you want to go, then you will continue to fail over and over again.

I believe this whole process for me has been a system of designed and directed procrastination…and not by me per say.

To believe in something that you cannot see is the most challenging thing that faces us. How can we possibly bring something from our mind out into the physical world? How can we create something that doesn’t currently exist? It takes faith. Faith in yourself and faith in whatever you believe in. Without that faith all of your efforts will simply spin their tires in the mud.

Without faith, your life lacks traction.

– Evan Sanders

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  • jmgoyder
    April 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately too.

  • Karin
    April 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You’re right. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would only add that faith is a principle of work that follows that core belief you cannot see. If you truly believe, you will work to achieve, accomplish, or obtain. Nice post.

  • organicnaturals
    April 24, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Great post. For me, said in another way, I have discovered that faith is the passionate force behind my belief, that drives me to keep on keeping on without knowing why, until you successfully achieve whatever it is that that you were meant to.

  • Khai
    April 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This is currently occupying my thoughts from the other end– I already know what the secondary and tertiary levels are; the question is, what’s the higher purpose? I value things like creativity and productivity in myself, but why? What vision of myself do I want to define for myself?

  • DickensSono
    April 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Faith truly is, the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. To God be the Glory.

  • Konstantina
    April 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    well said!